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Adaptive finite element analysis with local mesh refinement based on a posteriori error estimate of element energy projection technique

Yiyi Dong (Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Si Yuan (Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Qinyan Xing (Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Engineering Computations

ISSN: 0264-4401

Article publication date: 18 June 2019

Issue publication date: 15 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to propose a general and efficient adaptive strategy with local mesh refinement for two-dimensional (2D) finite element (FE) analysis based on the element energy projection (EEP) technique.

Design/methodology/approach

In view of the inflexibility of the existing global dimension-by-dimension (D-by-D) recovery method via EEP technique, in which displacements are recovered through element strips, an improved element D-by-D recovery strategy was proposed, which enables the EEP recovery of super-convergent displacements to be implemented mostly on a single element. Accordingly, a posteriori error estimate in maximum norm was established and an EEP-based adaptive FE strategy of h-version with local mesh refinement was developed.

Findings

Representative numerical examples, including stress concentration and singularity problems, were analyzed; the results of which show that the adaptively generated meshes reasonably reflect the local difficulties inherent in the physical problems and the proposed adaptive analysis can produce FE displacement solutions satisfying the user-specified tolerances in maximum norm with an almost optimal adaptive convergence rate.

Originality/value

The proposed element D-by-D recovery method is a more efficient and flexible displacement recovery method, which is implemented mostly on a single element. The EEP-based adaptive FE analysis can produce displacement solutions satisfying the specified tolerances in maximum norm with an almost optimal convergence rate and thus can be expected to apply to other 2D problems.

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Citation

Dong, Y., Yuan, S. and Xing, Q. (2019), "Adaptive finite element analysis with local mesh refinement based on a posteriori error estimate of element energy projection technique", Engineering Computations, Vol. 36 No. 6, pp. 2010-2033. https://doi.org/10.1108/EC-11-2018-0523

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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